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Ray Winstone backed by drag queens over Harry Kane OneLove message

Watch: Ray Winstone sends OneLove support to Harry Kane

Ray Winstone has been praised by drag queens for telling Harry Kane to wear the OneLove armband at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

The England captain, as well as other European team leaders, had planned to protest LGBTQ rights in Qatar with the armband but stopped after being told they would be booked by Fifa for doing so.

Prior to England's first game against Iran on Monday, which they won 6-2, Winstone recorded a message on his Instagram for the Tottenham striker urging him to wear the armband.

A number of drag queens have applauded the actor's message to England's captain and praised him for being an "ally".

In an interview with Metro, Drag Race UK star Jonbers Blonde said: "We as a community need to stand together. It shows who really is an ally and who stands up and says something."

Jonbers also said they 'absolutely adored' Winstone's message.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: (L-R) Cheddar Gorgeous, Jonbers Blonde, Just May, Le Fil, Baby, Starlet, Pixie Polite, Copper Topp, Danny Beard, Black Peppa and Sminty Drop attend the Attitude Awards 2022 at The Roundhouse on October 12, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
(L-R) Cheddar Gorgeous, Jonbers Blonde, Just May, Le Fil, Baby, Starlet, Pixie Polite, Copper Topp, Danny Beard, Black Peppa and Sminty Drop attend the Attitude Awards 2022. (John Phillips/Getty Images) (John Phillips via Getty Images)

The Nil By Mouth actor said: “England’s first game in the World Cup today, and I don’t know what it is, but I’m not that excited. I can’t seem to get up for it.

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"Is it because it’s in Qatar? Dunno. Should it be in Qatar? No, no it shouldn’t."

Winstone then spoke directly to Kane: “Harry Kane has been told he can’t wear a captain’s armband that is rainbow colours. Usually, I wouldn’t take a lot of notice of that, but Harry, you can’t let them tell you what to do. F*** ’em. Wear the armband."

Ray Winstone has backed England's Harry Kane to wear the One Love armband. (Getty)
Ray Winstone has backed England's Harry Kane to wear the One Love armband. (Getty)

He added: “They’re going to book you. If they book you, f*** ’em. They’ll probably send you off. And if they do, f*** ’em again. Wear the armband, kid.”

Kane and the England team were criticised for backing down in the row with Fifa over the armband

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane said Kane should have worn the armband regardless of the sanctions: "The players could have worn the OneLove armband for the first game and taken their punishment."

BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Harry Kane of England wears the OneLove armband, as the England team stands together with 9 other European countries to support season-long campaign for inclusion and against discrimination at St George's Park on September 20, 2022 in Burton upon Trent, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
Harry Kane of England wears the OneLove armband. (The FA via Getty Images) (Eddie Keogh - The FA via Getty Images)

He added: "That would have been a great statement, take your yellow card and the medicine and move on. You don’t wear it for the second game as you don’t want to get suspended.

After the match, Kane said the decision regarding the armband was "taken out of my hands".

Watch below: Eric Dier backs Harry Kane to continue wearing rainbow armband